If being an entrepreneur is hard, being a young entrepreneur is harder. With less experience, young entrepreneurs need to have a baker’s dozen, including excellent communication skills, quickness, enthusiasm, and many other qualities to stand out of the bunch. While the media focuses on negative comments about the state of today’s youth, this feature is a shining example of the promise of some of the young entrepreneurs who have achieved success at a very tender age.
1. Anshul Samar
In the fourth standard, when students are usually having fun playing card games, he ‘made’ one called Elementary. Samar focussed on making chemistry fun with his board-based game, which involves pitting personified versions of each element on the periodic table against each other to “capture” electrons. In an article published in Talking On the Giant, this 19-year-old said that he has updated the game and created a grant fund for other young entrepreneurs.
2. Hart Main
Ideas are everywhere, but one needs to be eagle-eyed to catch and perceive one. Hart Main is a 14-year old that came up with the idea of manly scented candles when he was teasing his sister about the girly scented ones. With an initial investment of 100$ by himself and 200$ by his parents, today, ManCans are sold in over 60 stores across Britain and has sold around 9,000 units. The scents include Campfire, Bacon, Sawdust, Fresh Cut Grass, Grandpa’s Pipe, and more.
3. Arthur Kay
The idea that led to the origin of the company Bio-bean is unique and very rare. The green energy company collects used coffee beans from London’s wholesale producers and coffee shops and converts them into useful biodiesel and biomass pellets. It is then purchased by transport and heating industries. Arthur was named one of London’s Leaders by Boris Johnson last year.
4. Neha Gupta
Neha Gupta has involved her family’s tradition of celebrating birthdays by traveling to India and bringing food and gifts for orphans in their hometown. When she turned nine, she decided to do something good for these children. She sold handmade wine charms so that she could build her own NGO, Empower Orphans. Gupta is now 17 and has raised more than $1 million. She has also received awards from numerous charitable foundations.
5. Robert Nay
This 14-year-old young entrepreneur with no prior experience of coding launched a new mobile game app, “Bubble Ball.” In its first two weeks in 2010, it received more than 1 million downloads, outperforming “Angry Birds” as the most downloaded free game from Apple. According to CNN, Nay learned everything he needed to know through research at the public library and made 4,000 lines of code for his physics-based puzzle game in very little time.
Catherine, 15-year-old, and her brother were glancing at a yearbook and thought to make a social media website for online yearbooks. She created a website called MyYearbook.com which later joined hands with an ad site. The website allows users to post and complete online quizzes. The site had raised $4.1 million in venture capital funding and had 3 million members worldwide. Catherine earns seven figures today. According to Catherine Cook – “To any entrepreneur: if you want to do it, do it now. If you don’t, you’re going to regret it.”
These ambitious entrepreneurs teach us to dream high and achieve great success irrespective of the experience and amount of investment. It is never too late or never too early to pursue your dreams.
“If you’ve got an idea, start today. There’s no better time than now to get going. That doesn’t mean quit your job and jump into your idea 100% from day one, but there’s always little progress that can be made to start the movement.” – Kevin Systrom, Instagram.